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“Eyewitness News” - Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Tryouts (1976)

Jim Ruddy

Sound | 1976

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  •  Footage from inside the clubhouse at Texas Stadium during the cheerleading tryouts 
  •  Interview with Terry Dodson, a cheerleading hopeful 
  •  Interview with Tracy Youngblood, another cheerleading hopeful 
  •  Footage from the selection process, including scenes of dancing would-be cheerleaders 
  •  Interview with Susan Pierson, a cheerleader who served on the Cowboys’ squad during the 1976-1977 season 
  •  Interview with Texie Waterman, the Director of Chereography for the Dallas Cowboys 
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In this segment, taped for KDFW’s “Eyewitness News” in 1976, Dallas-based reporter Jim Ruddy covers the first open tryouts held by the Dallas Cowboys to select the team’s cheerleading squad for the 1976-1977 football season. The tryouts, which took place at Texas Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Irving, drew over 130 cheerleading hopefuls. Included in the footage are interviews with several of those cheerleading hopefuls, as well as scenes from the selection process.